Wednesday night on KPFA: The 1953 Coup in Iran

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Middle East and North Africa on KPFA Radio 94.1 FM every Wednesday at 7 PM.  To listen to KPFA on the internet go to

This week, there will be  a segment on
the 50th anniversary  of the 1953 U.S.-British coup which removed the government of Doctor Mosaddegh from power and brought the Shah back to power in Iran. An interview with Professor Ervand Abrahamian will attempt at exploring the origins of the coup, the nature of  the conflict between Iran and Anglo- Iranian Oil Company,  the issue of the control of  oil as the pivotal factor in a conflict  between imperialism and Iranís aspiration for national sovereignty, the role of the British and the U.S. governments in orchestrating the coup, the  domestic actors in Iranís political scene, the underlying reasons for the coupís success and, finally, the ramifications of the coup.

Ervand Abrahamian is a Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York. He was born in
Iran and raised in England. He has published Iran Between Two Revolutions, The Iranian Mojahedin, Khomeinism, and Tortured Confessions. He is currently working on three books: one on The CIA Coup in Iran; another, A History of Modern Iran , and the last one is on the subject of the ďAxis of EvilĒ.